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1742]                   To Horace Mann                    225
brought in, they brought it in on Saturday; but were pre-                                     | j \
vailed on to defer the second reading till Tuesday. Then we had a long debate till eight at night, when they carried it, 228 against 217, only eleven majority; before, they had had twenty-three. They immediately went into the committee on it, and reported it that night. Yesterday it came to the last reading; but the House, having sat so late the night before, was not so full, and they carried it, 216 to 184. But to-day it comes into the Lords, where they do not in the least expect to succeed; yet, to show their spirit, they have appointed a great dinner at the Fountain1 to-morrow, to consider on methods for supporting the honour of the Commons, as they call it, against the Lords. So now all prospect of quiet seems to vanish! The noise this bill makes is incredible; it is so unprecedented, so violent a step! Everything is inflamed by Pulteney, who governs both parties, only, I think, to exasperate both more. Three of our own people of the Committee, the Solicitor2, Talbot, and Bowles, vote against us in the Indemnity Bill, and the two latter have even spoke against us. Sir Eobert said, at the beginning, when he was congratulated on having some of his own friends in the Committee, ' The moment they are appointed, they will grow so jealous of the honour of the Committee, that they will prefer that to every other consideration3.'
Our foreign news are as bad as our domestic: there seem little hopes of the Dutch coming in to our measures; there are even letters, that mention strongly their resolution of not stirring—so we have Quixoted away sixteen thousand men4! On Saturday we had accounts of the
LETTKR 79.—1 A great Tavern in     kind of observation in his Life of
the Strand, where the most numerous     Louis XTP", Art. of Calvinism: Lea
meetings   of the  Opposition   were      Tiommes se piquent toujours de remplir
generally held.    Wcdpole.                       un devoir gui les distingue.   Walpole.
2  John Strange.                                   * Owing to delay on the part of
3  Voltaire has since made the same     their allies, the Dutch, the English